Broken Law

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Colorado lawmakers broke a state law when they killed a campaign finance bill without a committee hearing last year.

The state Court of Appeals issued that ruling today.

State Senator Dan Grossman of Denver had sued seven Republicansover a procedure they used to kill three Democrat-sponsored bills.

The suit claimed that use of so-called ``super motions'' violated a 1988 constitutional amendment called Give A Vote to Every Legislator, or GAVEL.

That requires every measure referred to standing legislative committees to be considered on its merits.

The super motion sends a bill from committee to the full House without public testimony or debate.